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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

180                                   FLORA INDICA.

The leaves of Ibis interesting plaat arc somewhat membranous, obioug-Huiceolate
and acuminate, five-nerved at the base, glabrous on both sides and paler below, 6-7
inches long, and 2-fc-S broad, with a long slender petiole (3-34 inches), twisted near
the base, and falsely articulate at each end. In foliage it somewhat resembles Tino-
miscium, a genus of which the position is doubtful, the male lloweis only being
known : with this it agrees' in the elongated petioles, but the leaves are thinner, more
pointed, and five-nerved at the base ; still, though not identical in species, it is cer-
tainly probable that tjic two nre congeners.

2, ASPIDOCARYA, H.f. et T.

Sepala 6-12, ovali-oblonga, interiora seusim latiora. Petala 6, cu-
neato-obovata, sepalis breviora. MAS. Stamina in columnam cen-
tralcm cyliudricam apicc antheras 6 horizontales gerentem coalita.
FCEM. Sto mim stcrilia 6, clavnta. Ooaria 3, oblonga ; stigmata sub-
capitata. Drttpte pulposae, oblongie, cylindrical, putaminc compresso
dorso argute cariiiuto, vcntrc hand cxcavato. Semeu pendulum, ob-
longum, nntice rhaphe conspicua notatum. Albumen carnosum. Ra-
dicula brevis, hilo terminal! approximata. Gotyledones tectse, planse,
oblongse, tenuissimse, obliqusa, basi divaricatse, dein parallels, margi-
nibus oppositis tantum se invicera obtegentes. — Frutex scundens> petio-
lis CUM cauk psmtdo-drticidatts, prope basin tkbilibus subforiia, floribus
in paniculats raceiwj'Qrmcis elongates Mibcompositas tixillares dispositis.

TJiis interesting plant conies very near Parabana, but differs 111 many points of
the structure of the female flower and fruit. The seed is attached to the top of the
cell, so that the ovule must be anatronous. The putameu and seed are also quite
Hat anteriorly, and not esqavated like those of ParaSana. The inflorescence, too, is
very different. It therefore forms asnew genus, the name of which is derived from
cunris, a shield, and Kapvov, a nut.

The wood of Aspidocouya differs remarkably from that of other Menisp

iu respect of the nrescent-shaped ?)Uiullcs of tissue, altogether resembling liber, which
arc found at the inner end of each wood-wedge.
A piece of stem several years olfl, and from -J— £ inch iu diameter, is deeply furrowed,
spongy, and much compressed. Pith broad, white, of hexagonal soft cellular tissue, be-
coming much closer, smaller, and longer towards the wood, and occupying three-fourths .
of the circumference of the stem. Medullary rays of dense cellular tissue. Wedyes of
wood towards circumference, about 20, broadly ovate, margined radially by a narrow
crescent-shaped mass of plcurenchyma. Wood of dotted pleurenchyiaa, and nume-
rous very large vessels, with short tnm&verse striifc on their walls, lAber '-"bundles
forming almost a horse-shoe round half the circumference of the wctlgc, the conti-
guous bundles approaching and almost cohering. The liber is annually added to, but
not the tissue at the inner end of the wood. "Bark of several series of cellular
layers.
1. A. uvifera (H.f. et T.) j fob'is rotundato- vel ovato-cordatis
subpeltalis abrupte et longe acuminatis subtus ad nervos pilosis.
HAB. Tu Sikkim exterior! subtropico, alt. 1-5000 ped. — (Fl. Mai. ;
fr. JuL) (». v.)
Fwtex alte scaudcns. ItamnH cyliudrici, striati, sparse strigoso-paberuli. Folia
4-6 poll, longa, 3-f> lata, pctiolo fere rwjuilongo, basi leviter vel proftmde cordata,
lobis rotundatis vel £ubti-uueatis lurius subsagtttatis, supra ad IKTVOS pubcsceutia de-
nmm glabra, siibtus piicsciliiu ad ticrxos pilosa, basi 5-nervia, cceteriuu petutincrvia.
IWioK cylindrici, striati, baaiu versus iiicrassatL Panicuf^ 4-8-polItcHres, wiuiis